Reaping The Gains Of R&D In Moringa Oleifera

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While commissioning the water treatment plant in Zaria, minister of science and technology,Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Mrs. Dere Awosika, said Nigerians need this technology.

“Nigeria is endowed with abundant water reserves estimated at 267.3 billion cubic meters and 52 billion cubic meters per annum for surface/underground water resources respectively. With a population of 140 (167) million people and high unequal distribution of income, the rural populace lacks clean drinking water.

“It has been investigated and found that this local plant resource, Moringa Oleifera, can readily provide the substitute for imported chemical (e.g alum) with about N354.5 million spent on importation between 2005 and 2011 for water treatment. Using natural materials to clarify water is a technique that has been practiced for centuries and of all the materials that have been used, seeds of

Moringa have been found to be one of the most effective,” Ewa said.

The seeds of Moringa, according to him, are highly effective in removing suspended particles from water with medium to high levels of turbidity. Moringa seeds treat water by acting as coagulant and antimicrobial.

He called on stakeholders to support this effort.

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